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Math 120A (Fall 2022)


Math 120A is an introduction to complex analysis. We will cover everything from the basic properties of the complex numbers, through to the Residue Theorem on line integrals. See below for a full list of topics.

Unlike the 140ABC and 142AB real analysis courses, we will be more concerned with all the surprising and useful things that are true about complex-valued functions, and what we can do with them, than with supplying complete rigorous proofs of everything. In particular this class is designed to be approachable to someone who has not taken one of the upper-division real analysis sequences (though we will need some basic real analysis). Equally, the course is meant to hold interest for those who have taken these classes, because complex analysis has a different flavor.

There is no required textbook for this course. However, Complex Analysis by T. Gamelin is available online through UCSD and is a recommended optional textbook.


The instructor is Freddie Manners (email fmanners); my office is AP&M 7343. The TA is Bochao Kong (email bokong).

Class and office hours

Lectures are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1500–1550 (i.e., 3:00pm–3:50pm). Lectures will be held in-person in MOSAIC 0204. They will be podcasted, but in-person attendance is strongly encouraged.

Section will take place in-person at the advertized times and places.

The Google calendar below has times and locations for all class events.


There will be two in-class midterms, on Monday October 17 (Week 4) and Monday November 7 (Week 7).

The final exam is on Friday December 9, at 1500–1800. It is also in-person (location TBD).

You should ensure at the start of the quarter that you can attend these exams. In general, alternative modalities, dates or times (in particular, remote exams) will not be offered.


Homework will be set every week, due by 2359 each Monday night. The first homework deadline is on Monday April 4; the last on Monday May 30. There will be some optional homework in week 10 as exam practice.

Midterm weeks will have reduced homework loads and altered deadlines, but still some homework.

Please note: while discussing homework problems in groups is permitted (and encouraged), your final written-up solutions must be written by you, by yourself, in your own words. If your homework appears to have been copied directly from another student (or another source) that may constitute an academic integrity issue. You also may not post homework questions or solicit answers on the internet.


Your combined grade for the course is calculated as follows. First, your lowest homework score is dropped. Then, take 30% homework + 30% midterms + 40% final.

The letter grade cut-offs will be at least as generous as the following table (but may be more generous). Separately, exam scores may be curved to adjust for difficulty.

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- F
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70 < 70


In addition to this website, the course has a Canvas page, a Gradescope page and a Piazza site. The sign-up codes for Gradescope and Piazza are listed on the Canvas home page.

Provisional schedule

A rough schedule of topics is given below. Note it is very much subject to change and offered as a guideline only.

Week Mon Wed Fri Topic
0 L1 Introduction
1 L2 L3 L4 The complex numbers and basic properties. The complex exponential and related functions.
2 L5 L6 L7 A crash course in topology. The Riemann sphere, stereographic projection. Roots and logarithms.
3 L8 L9 Review Review of real analysis. Power series.
4 MT1 L10 L11 Differentiability. The Cauchy--Riemann equations.
5 L12 L13 L14 Conformal maps. Line integrals. Cauchy's Theorem.
6 L15 L16 Review Cauchy's Integral formula. Louisville's Theorem.
7 MT2 L17 X Power series and differentiability at infinity.
8 L18 L19 L20 Zeros of holomorphic functions. Laurent series.
9 L21 X X The Residue Theorem.
10 L22 L23 Review Further topics and examples (if time).

Office hours

Regular office hours and locations are listed in the table below. However, please check the calendar below for any one-off changes or cancellations.

Instructor / TA Location Regular hours
Freddie Manners AP&M 7343 Mondays 10:30am – 11:30am, Fridays 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Bochao Kong HSS 4025 / Zoom Monday 4:30pm – 6:00pm / Friday 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Course calendar

A link to add this calendar is available on the course's Canvas page.